Friday, December 25, 2009

Pattern Release: Sirenia Cowl

Sirenia is the taxonomic order that includes manatees and dugongs. The working title for this design was a bad pun from which I’ll spare you. This entrelac cowl is neatly finished with attached i-cord. Trendsetter Tonalita is a wool blend singles yarn with medium-length color runs perfect for entrelac on a small scale.This cowl is beautiful and designed to be practical as well.The i-cord edging will hold the cowl in place to cover your mouth, ears, and nose if necessary.Ravelry pattern page here. Pattern is $5 through my Ravelry pattern download store. No Ravelry membership required, payments processed through PayPal.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Knitspiration Guild FOs: Felted Soaps

For the December meeting of the Knitspiration Guild of Silicon Valley, I taught the guild how to make felted soaps in Spinnity's kitchen. Jasmine, Pam and her daughters, and Van were also there. It is super fun and really easy. I'm finding it rather addictive. It doesn't take very much roving at all. The shop where I work has put together kits with just the amount you need to make one. 1 oz bumps of a few different colors can make a LOT of soaps. I have lots left over from the workshop, a seller's permit, and a nascent Etsy shop, so I will probably be selling some of these. (Not these, but other ones.) I'll probably just miss the holidays. Great business plan, huh?

Monday, December 14, 2009


So, a whole lot of stuff has been happening this fall/winter. Several patterns released, lots of psychobilly and Phenomenauts shows with my new friends, DEVO, TMBG, Toots & the Maytals, being a SFSI supervisor, working a lot at the shop, learning some of my favorite songs on my bass guitar, cuddling with my kitties, and receiving a 14-lb wholesale shipment of undyed yarn. In my near future- dyeing 14 lbs of yarn & fiber, more Phenomenauts shows, more patterns to release, a brand-new website, and who knows what else. . .
If you want to know what's up with me on a day-to-day basis, I'm on Facebook and Myspace. (Yes, Myspace. It's where the music is.)

Pattern Release: Eureka Valley Mitts

So, this is my first Knitty rejection. Enjoy!
I knew I had to design something for this new yarn the day it showed up in my LYS last summer. It combines the self-striping colorways knitters love with a soft, almost mohair-like, Merino/nylon blend. These mitts knit up quickly, making them a great gift. In this colorway, they can brighten up your winters or take the chill off cold nights year-round without being bulky or frumpy. The bold slip-twist stitch pattern won’t get lost in the lovely halo of intensely colored fuzz. Photo gallery here. Pattern is $5 through my Ravelry pattern store. Payments processed through PayPal, no Ravelry membership required.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pattern Release: Damask Cable Socks

These socks remind me of old damask wallpaper patterns, with their ornate curves in half-drop orientation. Deeply textured cables stand out in even dark yarns. The pattern flows harmoniously over cuff, heel, gusset, and toes.
Photo gallery here. The prototype was worked in Knit Picks Essential Tweed, now called Stroll Tweed. Excellent options available from your LYS are Regia 4-ply in Tweed or Solids. I used a US 2 (2.75mm) needle, and the pattern is written for 2 circulars or magic loop. Ravelry project page for the prototype is here, Ravelry pattern page is here. The pattern is $6 for a PDF download. Ravelry membership not required.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Free Pattern Release: Snowflakes on Mulberries Hat

A fancy name for a hat that’s quick, easy, and makes a great gift for anyone. The 6-fold symmetry of the decreases on top of this stretchy ribbed hat form a snowflake when worked in the ice-blue stripes of this shade of Silk Garden Lite (#2046). Photo set here, Ravelry project page here, Ravelry pattern page here. This project works up extremely fast, and I really enjoyed working with the Silk Garden Lite. It was nice to let it do its own thing after a couple of false starts with fancier designs. The snowflake thing wasn't even intentional. I just thought that 6 would be a nice number of paired decrease sets. :) The dk weight yarn makes the hat fit easily into a jacket pocket, and the stretchy ribbing means it fits almost everyone.
Free download now

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Finished Yarn: Iris Laceweight Silk/Wool Blend

This is a laceweight chained 3-ply that I spun from the Iris colorway of Carin Engen's bombyx/merino blend. I anticipate having about 900 yards total from 4 oz.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

WIP Roundup: Trellis & Leaves Shawl

I've made it to the edging on my Leaf & Trellis shawl. I'm a little concerned about how attaching the edging to the provisionally cast on stitches will go. Some of them are pretty fuzzy at this point. I haven't been working on the cat mittens, but maybe I will on my upcoming trip. I'm also itching to start a design project or two. I've got a couple of patterns almost ready to release, and a couple that need to be graded for multiple sizes. I'm almost to the heel on the 2nd toe-up handspun knee sock of a pair. The shop sample of my Sidewinder Hat pattern is in the shop, hard copies for sale are in the binder, and the class is on the schedule. The next class is going to be Nov 24th from 2-4pm.

FO: Wet Felted Vessel

More photos here. I took Carin Engen's "Faux Pots and Purses" class at Yarndogs last Friday. The thing I made in class was hilariously fugly. I made this Sunday night and I love it! The wool was Lorna's Laces combed top in Ravenswood. I'm making knee socks spun from the same fiber. This is a really fun project. Carin's supposed to come back to Yarndogs 4 times in 2010.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Sirenia Cowl- Test Knitter Needed

This is the Sirenia cowl, worked in Trendsetter Tonalita. The pattern has been professionally tech edited and is just about ready to go, but I'd like somebody to try the pattern before I put it up for sale. I can give you a free copy of the final pattern and provide the yarn at a reduced cost. Here's the color card for the yarn. And the color card for its sister yarn which should also work, Tonalita Fusion. If you've done entrelac before, you know it's hard to put down. I'm looking for somebody who can start soon and complete the project in about a week after receiving the materials. Your job is to follow the pattern exactly as written and contact me with any issues or clarifying questions you may have. If you happen to be an experienced knitter, pretend you aren't. I'm categorizing this pattern as "ambitious advanced beginner." Knit, purl, decrease, pick up stitches, and follow directions. If you are interested, contact me and I will provide you with more information. UPDATE 11/17/09: I have found somebody and do not need any more testers at this time.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fuzzy Heads

I did a spinning demo at Ocean View Ranch last month. Recently shorn alpacas are so rockabilly with their little fuzzy heads! hahaha! I want to make the little sheep from the new book Itty Bitty Toys for the same reason. I have to find some Cashmerino Astrakhan first.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Old FO: Basic Self-Striping Socks

I've got this pattern for picot cuff self-striping socks with a peasant heel written up for 4 sizes. I need to take some more photos and finalize the layout, then it's off to the tech editor. My philosophy on avoiding gaps on the peasant heel is different from the way I go about the same thing on heel-flap socks. I'm a firm believer in picking up extra stitches at the ankle for flap heels, but not a fan at all of picking up extra stitches at the ankle for the peasant heel. On socks with a gusset, the diagonal line of decreases hides the gory details of whatever happens in that corner. The extra stitches are also just a continuation of the normal stitches that get picked up off the side of the flap. On the peasant heel, extra stitches that appear out of nowhere are not attractive to me at all. I much prefer tightening things up with a little bit of duplicate stitch when the knitting's all done.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Nothing to See Here!

I've been knitting, but not much I can show right now. I'm waiting on a couple submissions. I've whipped up a really cute project, and I'm planning on having it ready to be edited by the end of the week. That one will definitely be self-published. Partly because I'm so eager to share it with you, and partly because the time for submitting fall/winter things to the online mags has long gone. I've been getting set up to wholesale hard copies of my patterns to shops. The Sidewinder Hat will be available at Yarndogs (that's the plan, anyway) and I'll be teaching a class on it. I'm working on the shop sample now, and it's just flying. I think it will be a great class because it has cables and directional decreases and chart reading. The stitch patterns are both written out and in charts, which I think makes it a good intro to charts.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Pattern Release: Sidewinder Hat

Announcing my first pattern for sale in my Ravelry shop, the Sidewinder Hat. Undulating cables sprout from the ribbing and disappear harmoniously into the crown shaping of this unisex design. Merino yarn makes this the ultimate warm and comfortable winter hat! Stitch patterns are given in charts and as written directions. Thanks to Abigail for technical editing. If you're a self-publishing designer, you should hire her. :)
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Wool, 3 skeins. Available at Yarndogs. Sample shown in color 15 (Putty).
Needles: Size US 8 (main), 16" circular + dpns, or 2 circs, or magic loop .
Size US 6 (ribbing), 16" circular, or 2 circs, or magic loop.
Pattern is delivered instantly as a PDF download.
More details can be found on the Ravelry pattern page, but feel free to contact me to ask questions if you are not a Ravelry member. The below purchase link will take you to PayPal and does not require a Ravelry login.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

WIP: Meezer Mitts

These are Cat Mittens by Jorid Linvik, available as a Ravelry download. She also has patterns with fish, dogs, frogs, and birds.

I'm using Claudia Hand Painted fingering weight in Chocolate and Magic Elixir. The one on the left was knit on US 1.5 needles, and is too small. I've switched to size US 2, and I think they will fit fine but may be a little shorter than I'd prefer.

Friday, August 07, 2009

FO Roundup: Indigo Ripples Skirt and Be Sweet Cloche

I finished the Indigo Ripples Skirt a little while ago but didn't have a chance to throw it in the washer and dryer for a few days. It's from Interweave Knits Sping 2007 for any non-Ravelry folks out there. Make sure to check the errata. I'm super-excited about how it turned out. It's at Yarndogs now, but I got to bring home the Bonsai Tunic that'd been there for a couple months. I used Rowan Denim yarn and had almost 2 balls left over from what the pattern called for although I got gauge. I didn't do most of the usual modifications people do to make the skirt sit lower, but it came out a little bigger than expected (or I'm a little smaller than I thought) so it sits lower anyway. That's ok cause my thighs are big enough to need their own increases. :)

I did work the left-leaning increase in the lace section as SSSK cause it's easier and looks more like a K3tog. I also switched the directions of increases on row 25 to fit in better. I changed the lace row in the ruffle to *K2tog 3 times, (yo, k1) 6 times, k2tog 3 times*. You can see why in this post. I promised a really clear picture of the finished ruffle, which will have to wait a few days.

So this is the Stirling Cloche from One-Skein Wonders or free Ravelry download, but I used the Be Sweet mohair boucle we carry at Yarndogs. Knitting with 2 strands of loopy mohair was harder than I expected, and fulling by hand was pretty tedious. If you want to make this, I'd recommend sticking with mohair and following the instructions for felting. There's a lot of projects on Ravelry that turned out tiny (from overfelting, I'd guess).

There's a pic on the Ravelry project page that shows how huge it was before felting. At one point it seemed like the fabric was fuzzing but not getting any smaller. I threw it down really hard in the bathtub a few times, and I think that helped. That's what we did with our nuno-felted scarves in Carin Engen's class in June.

On a technical note, I'm making sure to have text before the first Flickr-imported photo cause otherwise the RSS feed shows the Flickr code. Sorry to anybody who's been seeing my ugly feed on Ravelry.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Summer Recipe Dump

Which is much tastier than it sounds. ;)
Sorry, no pics. We ate all this stuff way too quick.
I've been doing a lot of baking lately to keep myself busy. A month or so ago, I made this raspberry-rhubarb pie from the May Cooking Light twice in a few days. I used the frozen crust from Whole Foods, and it was fine. I would probably rate this recipe 5 stars (big surprise). Whole Foods sells boxes of powdered tapioca (next to the baking supplies) so you don't have to buy big tapioca and process it yourself. I didn't have the currant liqueur. I drizzled in some of the liquid from a jar of blackberry preserves.

I went with Maria to Gizdich Ranch at the end of June. We picked strawberries, olallieberries, and boysenberries. It was a whole lot of fun. I've heard fantastic things about their bake shop and juice as well. I made a couple recipes out of a Cooks Illustrated "Cooking For Two" book I bought at Cosentino's. The strawberry shortcakes were very short indeed because I used old baking powder. The cheesecakes did something really odd. I definitely need a new probe thermometer, an oven thermometer, and probably another new instant-read. I just bought a new instant-read and it was obviously way off when I used it to check some pork. :( Recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

On the 4th of July weekend I made muffulettas. The bread could use a little tweaking to get it the way we prefer, but everything was really good. Especially after I got salami that wasn't icky. Next time I'll forget all the fancy meats and olive salad and do something more like the Schlotsky's chain or Schmaltz's in Waco. Turkey, salami, cheddar, and black olives. I'm not excited about going to Texas in a couple weeks, but I'm super excited about going to Schmaltz's. Omg, cheddar soup.

I made the Ranier cherry crumble out of the back page of the June Cooking Light. It was awesome. I just got the August issue and I've already made the cast-iron burgers. I thought they were amazing! Tonight we did the fish tostadas from the same issue. They were tasty, but we both spilled food off our tostadas and onto the floor. We'll stick to tacos when we eat the leftovers.

I was going to make monkey bread from the King Arthur Flour site for no-blog-rachel's birthday, but I didn't wake up in time. I made lemon bars instead because they looked easy. The filling was much thinner than I'd like. I'd probably double the filling next time. One commenter on the recipe said the filling soaked into the crust, but I don't think that happened to me. I could tell the layer of filling would be very thin when I poured it. I may just ask Maria for her recipe.

Friday, July 24, 2009

WIP: Indigo Ripples Skirt

So I'm actually already finished with this except for finishing the i-cord and throwing everything in the wash.

WIP: Indigo Ripples Skirt, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Indigo Ripples Skirt by Kat Coyle, from Interweave Knits Spring 2007.
I didn't make most of the modifications other knitters have. (I'll describe these real quick- A lot of people cast on the waist stitch number for one size larger than desired then increase just until the hip stitch count for the desired size is reached. This makes the skirt sit lower. A lot of people, maybe most, lengthened the solid part to 15" from the waistband instead of 12.5" for a more modest look.) I don't mind that it sits at the waist instead of lower, and I don't mind that it might be slightly scandalous. If it comes out way too short after washing, I'll surgically insert a panel and wash it again until the amount of fading is about the same. A lot of people have changed the gauge for a slimmer fit. I definitely wouldn't want the fabric to be any looser, but I didn't want to mess around with gauge and fit since I wasn't sure how much ease to allow for. What I decided- not much. Pretty much zero ease, maybe a touch negative. It's not going to be a hobble skirt, but it isn't too big either.

Do check the errata, for sure. In addition, I changed M1R to M1L on row 25, and rewrote rows 5 and 9 of the ruffle as * K2tog 3 times, (yo, k1) 6 times, k2tog 3 times* See the swatch below for why (click to view large).

When we do shop samples, we try to stick to the pattern as closely as possible so customers know what to expect. If I had wanted to do the modifications on this, I probably could attach a note on the tag saying "see Eunny Jang's modifications." (Actually she didn't drop the waist.) But as I said, I was fine with the rise and length as the designer intended. When I got to the ruffle, however, I was pretty stumped. It was clear the feather & fan rows weren't going to line up as normal. I looked all over Ravelry to find a good picture of the ruffle to see what it was supposed to look like. My search was in vain because the ruffle, well, ruffles. I emailed Kat Coyle but she couldn't remember which way it was supposed to be. I decided to go with the lined-up version because the other way looks "wrong" to me as a connoisseur of feather and fan.

Last time I made a shop sample (the Bonsai Tunic), the written directions for the armhole edging did not match the picture. I was curious which way Norah Gaughan intended, but she didn't remember. I'm thinking it's a good thing that I'm so anal, I mean observant.

I used the Rowan Denim available at Yarndogs (duh. It's a shop sample.) The magazine calls for Elann Den-M-Nit. The 2 are pretty swappable. They both shrink lengthwise after washing. Check out this great comparison.
The dye bled on my hands really bad. I didn't mind too much because I did most of the knitting on this project at home, so I could wash my hands whenever I felt like it. It freaked out Bryan for some reason, though. Can you tell how I tension my yarn?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

FO: Self-Striping Socks

Hand dyed self-striping socks.

Self-Striping Socks, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

I'm still here, I just haven't felt very chatty lately. If you see me, I could probably use a hug. I've finished a few things, but most of them aren't bloggable. I think I need an accountability buddy for getting patterns submitted or published. Things are starting to pile up, though I do think I'll be meeting some Sept 1 deadlines. I have a tendency to put off things that are just for myself. I need to get my business license to start putting things in my Ravelry shop which is all set up. I've got my free patterns off to the side over here ----------->
You don't have to be a Ravelry member to use the "download now" link. I'm beginning to learn the lesson that I need to speak up, take chances, and let other people help me. I got brave and asked somebody for a favor a couple of weeks ago and it actually happened! I'm moving into a supervisory role at one of my volunteer jobs which is progress, but frightening. I'm starting to collect other volunteer jobs. I hooked up with some people that will hopefully get my photography some exposure and may get me hooked up with screenprinting lessons. There's one more volunteer job I'll be applying for in the next month that I think would give me a different kind of experience that I'm looking for. I have several connections there, so hopefully it will work out. My brother's going to stay with us for a little while next month. He'll be 17 by the time he gets here!
I'm also feel like I need to do stuff with friends outside of knitting. Sometimes I just really need a break from this stuff. I want to get some people together to play bocce since I've never done it.

So, these socks.
I did the heel on 60% of stitches the second time and it was much better. I did surgery on the completed sock to redo the heel on 60% as well. I've typed up my notes, but it's not really a top priority right now. I do have an idea for another self-striping colorway.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Vacation Photos are Up!

Did you know I was on vacation?
We went to Point Reyes, Mendocino, through the Avenue of the Giants to Eureka, then to Redding and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Sundial Bridge, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

This is the Sundial Bridge in Redding.

The full Flickr set has more info and links for the places we went.

Friday, May 15, 2009

FO: Phenomenauts Socks

Ok, I'm jumping the gun on this one, but I'm at the toe decreases on the 2nd sock. They'll have to be done by tomorrow night for the Gilman St show. I've already had one band member ask for a pair. I may end up knitting 5 pairs of men's socks on size 0 needles by the time this is all done with!

Phenomenauts Sock, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

These socks also happen to be famous.
If you want to see embarrassing (I'm assuming, I haven't had the guts to look yet) pictures of me, you'll have to track down the print edition. Just for the record, there's an error in the article. The first Phenomenauts show I saw was just after we moved here, not before. They opened for The Slackers at Slim's. BTW, there'll be a Slackers show there on June 4, the night before my birthday. We skipped Mad Sin last night cause we're going to Red Elvises tonight. And May 30, the Devolutionaries are playing. Devo cover band! So much fun!

WIP: Basic Self-Striping Sock

First one of these is done.

Self-Striping Sock, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

For the next one, I'm going to do the peasant heel on 60% of stitches instead of 50%. I'll be writing it up as a basic pattern for self-striping yarn. I'll even throw in multiple sizes! :)
Also, I'm trying to work out the logistics of how I would teach a class on dyeing self-striping sock yarn. The methods I use at home would have to be adapted for space and available equipment.

Valkyrie Mini Combs

With my first combed fluffball. This could be addictive! My friend in Austin blogged about a crafty garage sale she went to. I emailed one of the sellers and bought these! I'm still planning on spinning up some of this CVM and submitting it to Spin-Off's "Your Yarns." Five yards by June 1? I think I can handle that! The theme this issue is natural fibers to coincide with the UN's year of natural fibers. Spin-Off's taking it 1 step further since natural fibers are no big deal to handspinners! You have to do the fiber prep yourself, and only natural dyes are allowed.

Valkyrie Mini Combs, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pattern in Progress: Sidewinder Hat

Aran-weight Merino hat with cables.

Hat Back, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Here's another one that's just about ready to go. It's in Mission Falls 1824 Wool.

Pattern in Progress: Cabled Socks

Cable socks with patterned heel flap.

Cable Socks, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Ok, I've gone public with this one. Hopefully that'll give me the push to finally get this self-published. Assuming I'm feeling productive, I'll hand it off to an editor by next week. I'm planning on selling this one on Ravelry. I'd been thinking about submitting to Knitty, but the last issue has a pattern that was sort of similar.

FO: Bonsai Tunic

Bonsai Tunic by Norah Gaughan from Interweave Knits Spring 07.

FO: Bonsai Tunic, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Copying magazine pose. :P I swatched, knit, and blocked this anticipating some vertical stretch. We'll see how it looks after a couple months on a mannequin. Update: it looks great! Stretched out a little, maybe an inch or so, but definitely doesn't look saggy.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

The Phenomenauts & Peelander-Z

Leftenant AR-7, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Above: Leftenant =AR-7= of The Phenomenauts
Below: Peelander Red

We saw Peelander-Z open for The Phenomenauts at Ashkenaz in Berkeley Friday night. They are insane and just have to be seen to be believed. We're going to this show really close to my house tonight. It's at an arcade in a strip mall with plenty of free parking. I may be biased, but I think it'd be impossible not to have fun. We'll be at El Pollo Loco before the show.


The Phenomenauts
Dan Potthast

ALL AGES $10 dos
7 door 7:30 show

1711 Branham Lane
San Jose, CA 95118
(408) 448-3323

Friday, April 03, 2009

WIP Roundup: Bonsai Tunic, Leaf & Trellis Shawl

Bonsai Tunic, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

I've been doing plenty of knitting,but not all of it's bloggable at the moment. I have 2 patterns that are almost ready to submit or self-publish, and I just finished knitting another design that needs to be written up.

I'm almost finished with the bottom portion of the back of the Bonsai Tunic. It's from Interweave Knits, Spring '07. I'm making it in Berroco Bonsai. It'll be a shop sample for a few months when I'm done with it.

I'm halfway through the body of the Leaf & Trellis Shawl I'm doing in Malabrigo Lace. I try to do at least 1 repeat every evening before moving on to other projects. I've been spinning some of Carin Engin's merino/silk roving and it is delicious! It will probably result in a sample skein or maybe even a shawl at the shop. I apologize for the lack of cute cat pictures. Ziva is becoming much more sedate, but Rocky is a little beast. He's dragged garlic and tangerines across the house in their little mesh bags, and he's getting more bold with the bathtub every day. He likes to watch the last bit of water go down the drain and sit in the tub afterwards. Yesterday he dipped his paw in the water while I was taking a bath and looked like he was seriously considering getting in. A few minutes later, he turned around to lick his wet paw and let his tail hang down and get totally wet.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Finished Yarn: Ravenswood

Finished Yarn: Ravenswood, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

3-ply sock yarn from Lorna's Laces combed top. The rest of the 10 oz is going in the stash for a while. I'm ready to move on. There's 750 yards here. It may be time for another pair of handspun knee socks.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

FO: Crochet Cheeseburger

Crochet Cheeseburger, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Cheeseburger with the Works by Beth Doherty from Amigurumi Super Happy Crochet Cute. Bobaknitters may remember this book as the one with "Strawbeary Slutcake." I finally got some ok colors for the bun and onions. I thought I was completely out of polyfill, but today I realized I had enough to stuff the buns. I learned a lot of different stitches on this project. It was really fun, but crochet makes me hurt if I try to do it for hours at a time.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

FO: Handspun Triangular Shawl

FO: Handspun Triangular Shawl, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Handspun from 2 oz “February in Tacoma” batt (53% Alpaca, 25% Merino/Bamboo, 11% BFL, 3% Tussah silk, 3% yak down, 3% silk noil, and 2% angora). Bought at Stitches West 08 from Tactile. I am totally in love with this and can’t believe I knit it in a week. This is my first triangular shawl, and the pattern is from Knitting Lace Triangles by Evelyn Clark. The construction suits handspun very well. I also liked not having to do a knitted-on border. I am definitely inspired to design triangular shawls for the rest of my handspun laceweight stash!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

While I'm Posting Photos of Myself. . .

Phenomenauts Officer's Jacket, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

I got a Phenomenauts officer's jacket as a Valentine's Day present to myself.

FO: Lizard Ridge!

FO: Lizard Ridge, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Obligatory lawn shot. I started this right after I moved to California and took it a skein at a time until recently. The last 2 or 3 panels were all done since January. Modifications: knit in strips, 5 columns instead of 4, 6 pattern repeats per skein instead of 4, 5 skeins per column instead of 6. Result: huge and wonderful! Details about colors used on Ravelry.

FO: Dream in Color Shrug

Dream in Color Shrug, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

It stopped raining today! Yay!
This is the Dream in Color Shrug in Dusky Aurora. This is the 2nd one I've knit. The 1st one was lost at the hospital when Bryan had his jaw surgery last summer. For this one, I shortened the ribbing for a single-thickness cuff. I did all the ribbing on a smaller needle. This wasn't part of the pattern, but it's probably pretty important for superwash yarn.

FO: Mermaid Jacket

FO: Mermaid Jacket, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Here you go! This is the Hanne Falkenberg Mermaid kit in color #10. Kit #10 comes with both pink and mustard for the contrast yarn. This is (obviously) the pink. I did a few modifications, mostly in construction. I did all the same modifications as this person.

I did a provisional cast on after the collar tab section so the collar and icord bind off would be done all in one piece at the end. I think having a seam in the collar and icord at the center back in the original is a huge design flaw. It was probably done that way to keep the difficulty level down. I never pass up the chance to use a provisional cast on! I did one for the sleeves as well, so the sleeve seam would be a true 3-needle bind off, instead of a weird hybrid in the original pattern. I cast on 10 fewer sleeve stitches than called for to shorten them. I also did a provisional cast on for the icord trim on the cuffs. Grafting that icord was one of the most frustrating things I've had to do for a long time!

I love this jacket so much! Falkenberg's designs are stunning. Her patterns are a lot easier to follow if you jot down the stitch counts and color changes for each ridge. This is pretty much mandatory for designs like this one, where the directions for the 2nd half are "reverse everything." I love the yarn too. It's thin enough to be flattering and comfortable, but crisp enough to hold its shape well.

Cats Love Lizard Ridge!

Cats Love Lizard Ridge!, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

It's not raining, so I may take some real photos today!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

FO: Mermaid by Hanne Falkenberg

2 Sleeves!, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Look, 2 sleeves! Modeled photos soon.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Project Roundup: Mermaid, Lizard Ridge, Cat Toys & More!

WIP: Mermaid Sleeve Done!, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

The first Mermaid sleeve is finished and set in, and the second is being washed! If you want to see it (and me, lolz) in person, come by the Yarndogs booth at Stitches on Saturday the 28th.

I thought I had finished all the knitting on Lizard Ridge, but I decided to add a 5th strip. The shop had exactly 5 usable colorways that I hadn't used yet! The kitties helped me wash the strips and set them out flat to dry. I'm going to use a light teal shade of Cascade 220 Heathers for the crochet edging.

I finished the felted cat toys from the Tigger Toys kit by Knitwhits. Tina is a local designer. We just got a ton of her kits at Yarndogs. Her designs are so cute! I almost want to have a baby right now just so I can make the Flore hat. (And matching bloomers!!!) The cats fought over the mouse for a minute, then lost interest. The cats are becoming very interesting. Rocky got over his initial shyness and is now constantly trying to get into laps. Ziva demands for us to play with her, but she isn't interested in being petted or sitting with us, unless she's pretty tired. I did wake up this morning with her on my butt. Ziva is supposed to be a lap cat, according to her foster mom. We'll just have to wait and see. They've only been with us for 2 weeks. The weirdest thing about the cats is the amount of noise they make when they chase each other around. I'd always heard that cats don't meow at each other, just at people. Not these cats. Update- since I wrote this draft, we went out and got the brand of treats that Ziva likes. In just a day or two, we've turned her into a bit of a lap cat. Last night Ziva burrowed into the blankets on the couch and hung out in her little cave for a long time while Rocky sat on Bryan.

This is my Knitspiration Guild t-shirt. Spinnity designed it, and I taught a guild workshop on how to do the actual stenciling. I'm pretty tardy in blogging this. Pics of other guild members' shirts (including several with very cute use of paint colors) can be found on their blogs and flickr- Spinnity, Lynne, Janice, and Jasmine.

In completely unrelated news, remember my close encounter with mice on the Caltrain platform in Mountain View? Well, a HUGE rat with a bunch of trash in its mouth walked towards me when we were crossing the street to get to the Phenomenauts show at Slim's a few weeks ago. I think somehow the rodents found out I don't cut their heads off anymore.